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Sophia Loren Faced a Lot of Backlash in the Past Over Her Long Nose

May 26, 2014 Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood ever. However Lauren recently admitted in a "masterclass" at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival that she was rejected films because of her long nose and wide mouth.

Back then, Loren was almost on the verge of giving up her acting dreams.

"People thought my mouth was too big, they wanted me to make my nose shorter, to have straighter teeth," she said, per the Telegraph. "It would have been too hard. I said, well I'll go back home to Pozzuoli then, I don't want to change my face...In the film industry, if you're not photogenic it means you can't become an actress or actor."

"But things have got better and better thanks to photographers and others, who know how to portray my face better on the screen," she said, adding, "I didn't change my face at all, they just got better at it."

Director Vittorio De Sica spotted her talent and believed in her when no one else did in her initial days of career. "I said to him, every time I am auditioning, people never hire me because I'm shy. They think my mouth is too wide, nose too long, there's something wrong with my face," she recalled. "He told me he didn't want me to audition, this conversation was just fine. I didn't know what to say to this wonderful man. I nearly fainted on the spot."

Later, Loren signed The Gold of Naples in 1954 and became a rage among people.

Still though, the actress still believes she has "never been beautiful, but as she pointed out, "Beauty is not important."

"You have to be interesting, someone who is different to other people," she said. "Otherwise you just turn up and look beautiful, and there's nothing more to you."

Loren shall turn 80 on September 20 and says, she is "very proud of my 80 years."

"I'm starting to count the hours, count the seconds; everything is important when you reach my age," she added. "Every so often you have to explode back into life."

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